Tanzania: Nobody is more afraid of the truth, than President Magufuli

Nobody in the world right now is more afraid for the truth then President Joseph Magufuli. Why do I say this?

Well, no one I know in power has challenged the free press, the social media and all content in the way President Magufuli and Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) have done during his first term in power. No one has made it so difficult and made cracked down on the media houses like him.

President Magufuli is a coward. You cannot release statistics without getting an okay. You have to register your blog, the content and everything to the authorities. Newspapers and radios has lost license over broadcasting simple truths. Journalists behind bars and so fourth.

You cannot post a lot of different content online now. Like you cannot post content in concern with spreading news about disease, activism or demonstrations and so much more. Just like previous laws, the foreign news-broadcasters had to submit their films before publishing them. To see if the authorities would accept their content.

Today, the new regulation is that the local broadcasters are not allowed to broadcast content from foreign broadcasters, unless it has been verified and accepted by the same authorities. This is continuing the battle against the free press.

There is no revision of a law in connection to the media, free speech or content, that is not made with consideration of valuing the free speech. Instead it is made to secure the message and spread the message that the state wants.

The CCM and the President have added and added. Taken more and more measures. It is an overbearing enterprise, where everyone involved in media and online has to follow the regulations and laws. Unless, they want to be suspended or loose their licenses. Even paying the authorities to be a blogger and register their social media accounts.

Magufuli is so afraid of the written word, on-air and news on TV. That his prerogative apparently. It been part of his memo to the world. That his fearing the truth, fearing the reporting and people looking into his work. Because, he only wants to rubber-stamp everything and control all things.

That’s why the media is bruised and compromised by the state. This is all deliberate. Magufuli knows this and the CCM wants to censor the media.

Magufuli is afraid of the truth, if you know, now you know. Peace.

Tanzania: New law will regulate all online content [and make all dissent online illegal]

The CCM and President Magufuli is not playing around. This is a continuation of previous laws in the Republic. As all statistics, parties and so fourth have to register to do whatever. The new Electronic and Postal Communication Act (Online Content) 2020. The law is pretty clear, as the objective is to control the content online. This is not about free speech, but only allowing a certain crowd and participation, as the state doesn’t want dissent.

Magufuli is the most frighten man on planet. If he wasn’t so afraid he wouldn’t try to manage all levels of publications from statistics to social media. He needs to have helpless praise, if it is disagreement or not his memo. He will take away licenses and shut those people down. Arrest them on money laundering and other charges to keep for a long time in prison.

Every person who will publish content has to register with the authority, which is the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority. You have to file in paperwork and you have to the authority, if your are a online radio/television/blog/services. Therefore, all content produced and published has to satisfy the authorities. You have to declare what sort of category your part of and if your in certain areas. You need clearance and pay fees to able. The most expensive is news and current affairs.

There is strict regulations on what sort of content that is not allowed. In prohibited content there is large section and it can really make a large scope. The state easily assess and claim what you write fits the bill.

Like these parts are the most worrying:

a) content against the State and public order including content that aims to or publishes information, news, statements or rumors for the purpose of ridicule, abuse or harming the reputation, prestige or status of the United Republic, the flag of the United Republic, the national anthem or the United Republic’s symbol,national anthem or its logos” (EPCA, 2020).

(b) content that calls for or motivates, promotes or provokes non-compliance to the laws and regulations;

(c)content that is involved in planning, organizing, promoting or calling for demonstrations, marches or the like which may lead to public disorder” (EPCA, 2020).

(e)content that includes news of official confidential communications or military affairs;

(f)content that would harm the national currency or lead to confusion about the economic condition in the country” (EPCA, 2020).

This law here say it all. Not only registering and getting license to do it. The limitations for the bloggers, newscasters and such very limiting. It is like all dissent is now illegal. All sort of information and will to spread the news of possible demonstrations would be deemed illegal.

If a blogger or a media house would release information of a demonstration. That could be deemed illegal and the publication or page could loose license quickly. Even fined or arrested. All defiance and civil disobedience is deemed illegal. This is the protocol of this law.

Also, to top it off. Releasing confidential information, whistleblowing and such activities is illegal too. This will make the ability to get sources or information from the government nearly pointless. As, if it can seen as this, then the publication could be fined or arrested by this law.

We are easily seeing how little space the authorities are giving its public. The legislation of this type is limiting the space so small. That they can only add Winne the Pooh and Jesus quotes. If they are discussing certain manners, they could be fined and get issues with the TCRA.

The list of prohibited content is so long, that you need to be super careful. Some things always make sense like child pornography and spreading recruitment for terrorist organization. However, banning religious content, witchcraft and such. Just show how paternalistic the state has become. Maybe, that is why the public order is so important, that it can be destroyed if someone takes a piss of the seal of the state. Like that could hurt or damage the soul of the nation.

I thought greatness wasn’t been thin-skinned, but proving overbearing with all. Also accepting other speeches and content, than what yourself deem fit. However, here is a very small margin of error and you can get into a pickle. I’m sure sooner or later some singer or musician will be in trouble. Sooner or later, some publications or writers will be deemed unfit and bloggers, will be thrown to lions den.

This law is yet another masterpiece of paternalistic laws under President Magufuli. As he has to be shadow and has to accept everything happening in the Nation. I am sure, he soon has to vouch for couples if they can get married or not. If they can get kids or not. He has to know everything about their status, belief and their salaries before allowing they repopulate the Republic. Because, all content, all space for publications are now stepped on and watermarked by the authorities.

The President must be so proud. That he is so narrow-minded, that he cannot see the issues at hand, but instead create new Frankenstein’s monster by doing this. Peace.

Internet Censorship: the UCC orders ISPs to block unauthorized Online Media Pages!

On the 19th April 2018, the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has sent a letter ordering all Internet Service Providers (ISP), that they are ordered to block “unauthorized” Online Data. That meaning the internet service providers can because of this block pages and news-outlets that isn’t accepted by the Government of Uganda. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) are really having a warfare on the content online. As it has already added taxes on airtime, on mobile money and also now asking to block pages too.

We can surely know that UCC will really struggle to give authorization to media houses, web-pages and content that questions the government. The letter from the government says it very clearly:

The purpose of this letter therefore, is to DIRECT you to IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND the provision of caring services to any Online Data communication service provider (online/Electronic Media News provider) that is not listed above and/or has not presented an authorization certificate or other express clearance from the Uganda Communication Commission” (Letter from Fred Otunnu to ISP – ‘Letter to ISPs on Unauthorized Online Data Communications Service Providers’ 19.04.2018).

They have put a list of 14 companies, where only two are authorized, these are Nile Post News Uganda Limited and China Haijang Online Africa Ltd. There are dozens other which is not, these are in process, the ones known are Chimps Media Ltd and Trumpet Media Ltd. Therefore, many pages are not here. There are dozens of outlets not mentioned or asked for authorization from the UCC.

That the UCC are attacking the online content is clear. The UCC are using their power and force to silence certain media. This is to stop the content the government doesn’t see fit. They are now trying to get all companies, who are using the platforms online to register, to give license and operate. That the UCC are having sleepless nights is evident. As they have already made it hard to register sim-cards lately, also the same government who wants to monitor porn. So this is continuation of the trying to control all online content.

This should be a field day for the Attorneys working Pro-Bono for the Online Content makers as the censorship of the government comes into force. Just like it did, when the UCC had a black-out and VPN during the General Election of 2016. The NRM are really afraid of free-spirited people and the UCC are losing their marbles.

This is to show, that if your not registered at us, we will order the ISPs to not show your page, block your ideas, your content and everything you got through telecommunications. Only way to get through that is using VPN. So the citizens should use VPN to the content from pages and apps that the government has blocked. Peace.

Opinion: The Written Word and Media losing power in our day and age; because of Self-Censorship!

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Sometimes I wish I knew nothing, was clueless, and didn’t have the curiosity or learning ways of finding the information. Finding the sources and looking out for the ones that really said it and not hearsay.

In this world of constant dropping of instant news that are composed in a tabloid fashion suited to the political belief of either the sponsors, owners and the ones that get clicks. The reality and the true sources don’t matters. The Stories getting copied and bought; they don’t get written the newsagents drop them like a grocery-bag and it flees the hurdles before the shade of dark comes in.

The popularity and the spreading on social media makes the marginal papers, the marginal sources silenced as the big-media houses and conglomerates control the discussion and conversations. The minor ones might have a smidge of control and ones in while find a story or picture, even glimpse of reality that the world needed to know. But the houses are silent if there isn’t a buck in it or the righteous owner doesn’t approve it.

It has to be cleared and corrected made in a way that the population can accept it and the ad-revenue can come, either on TV, Online or in the Press. The grandest of them shows loyalty to the ruling regimes and dances with the Multi-National Companies without questions. Therefore the stories are fitted so the Colgate can be sold while the ruling regime can be smug on the front pages; there might not strict rules for censorship! Still the censorship can be made by company just to sell and the integrity doesn’t matter. The digging and questioning cannot happen as long as the journalist has to think about the owners and their wealth; not about generally praising the governments and the giant companies who subsidize their rule.

The Advertisements and Owners control it, instead of the thought of giving the public the intelligence or the follow-up of stories; unless the leaks nearly have to be addressed. I am so tired of these notices and little margins of stories. The PanamaPapers and others are truly remarkable events that made certain papers look into the conspiracies and into the darker sides of the world. Where even the trails of papers found world-leaders, NGOs and Companies that wouldn’t’ like to be associated with fraud, Tax Evasions and other economic forgery. Still, the Apple Company and Amazon don’t care if they rig their LLC in ways in Europe to systematically not pay what they have due on their profits.

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Still, the little smidge of barren, the little smidge of proper work or shown as the microwaved cases and the questions for a quick “BREAKING NEWS” as the Senator or MP calls the Network to come to the steps of Court or Parliament to discuss the plenary session on the “Bushwick” Tax; that are for the regulation of growth amongst the bushes. The Bushes that are a problem in the nation; this happens while the media doesn’t question the tenders, the payments and deals made for Oil Drilling and why the Petroleum Commission doesn’t show any signs of transparency towards the companies getting the contracts, the tax they pay on the dollar and the Crude Oil rate for developing the Pipeline. Still, it’s easier just to get a grand quote from the Senator or MP than asking the hard questions towards the Central Government.

The tricks and notion that the Government and Multi-Nationals doesn’t have anything is a lie. They just don’t want us to know as their knowledge and their mechanisms wouldn’t be controlling if we knew. The certain estimate if the Norwegian people for instance the grades that the food-producing companies paid the three great conglomerates (NorgesGruppen, Reitan Gruppen and COOP) for space on the aisles or placements fees directly to the Supermarket Company. Well, this will be kept secret and the agreements are happening in the shadow as the laws and regulations are not steep towards the conglomerates as they are supporting the campaigns of politicians and they doesn’t want to lose their Party funds. They might not say it, but why hasn’t anybody had the clue of curving the power of these companies and their near monopoly on food in the nation?

Well, the media doesn’t care and doesn’t question the powers enough. There certainly exemptions that some tries and somebody does ask questions. But they are wild roses and not common flowers in the gardens as they should be.

Where is these reports and these seldom good ones get lost in the trail of the tabloid and hearsay stories as the click-bait are more commonly shared. The dumbing down and the simplistic words portrayed for the masses. We have to get the media to be more responsible to the viewership, to ask the questions as the dumbing down are happening. As he the journalistic integrity is dying and the media-houses are making easier pieces. Lastly we have to pay for men and woman to dig deep it takes time and doesn’t come for free. The hardcover reports doesn’t come over night, it takes work and persistence. The persistence to find and correct the powers and follow the money takes time. It is a reason if you follow the trail of money, you will find the heart of them. That is because we spend money where our heart is or where our heart desire. The ones that claim otherwise think about how you spend your own monies and cater to your needs. There you have it right?

Evan Mawarire 13.07.2016

Just think about it and the words I am writing. It is just a wild approach into darkness. Because their beacons of hope, but very few. I am just a man who writes what I like and discuss what I see fit and digs into the stories I see needed be or find questionable. If not like with Dr. Kizza Besigye and his campaign where I am a hopeful man who wishes for regime change, and for governments that are accountable and transparent. Therefore I support the man and his cause. The same I does with Pastor Evan Mawarire and others who deserves be credited for their cause of freedom, liberation and justice for their citizens. The Citizens that needs and deserves government that represents their will and their institutions to deliver needed services to the people.

We need them to ask questions; we need them to dig deep and not just what the government want to publicise to make them look good. We need the dirty laundry out… and without a doubt without fear and without being censored for the will of profit, but for the will of common good. I know it is a lot to ask in corporate multi-national media-houses and the governments who do what they can to be embedded with them. This says what state we’re in and what we can do about it. Therefore I poke, to question. Not because I have answers, because I don’t; but because I have the will to question and seek for answers. Peace.